>Norm...were you serious when you said that you have worked with MANY college >students who don't remember how much 7X8 is? (Including math majors?) I >find this quite disheartening. > >Harvey Becker >Woodside High School >Woodside, California
They weren't mathematics majors. They were students interested in teaching at the primary level, and were taking required "foundation" courses in mathematics. And, honestly, many of the products that we think students have learned early on have been forgotten.
Is this surprising? Memorization is one of the lowest forms of learning, yet I think that's how most of us learn these products.
Perhaps *many* wasn't the best phrase. *Many more than I would expect* might be more accurate.